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Ergonomics awareness training for workplace design engineers.
Ridyard DT; Bobick TG; Starkman BS
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1990 Nov; 5(11):771-781
An ergonomically based awareness training program for workplace design engineers was described. The purpose of the program, which was developed for the facilities and processing departments of Merck and Company, Incorporated, West Point, Pennsylvania was to provide its engineers with a practical working knowledge of the principles of ergonomic job design. The main objective of the program was to ensure that these principles were used by design engineers to eliminate risk factors associated with back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other cumulative trauma disorders from the workplace. The program consisted of a 3 hour training session in which lectures with slides and demonstrations by a certified industrial hygienist examined ergonomic hazards associated with repetitive hand and wrist activities, such as container labeling and inspection and using poorly designed tools. After the session the attendees were given checklists to use while designing new facilities, process work areas, and job tasks. The authors note that the engineers at the facility are currently using the checklists. Feedback from the engineers 6 months after the training program revealed that the checklists are an effective method for communicating ergonomic concepts in a clear and concise format. They recommend that basic ergonomic and human factor concepts be incorporated into designs for new facilities, processes, work areas, or job tasks.
NIOSH-Author; Ergonomics; Industrial-education; Back-injuries; Pharmaceutical-industry; Work-analysis; Health-protection; Accident-prevention
Issue of Publication
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Page last reviewed: September 11, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division